Name: Joe Segura
Title: Contract Specialist IV
Organisation: Oracle Deal Management
Man of God | Son | Husband | Father. Confidence to operate in the awkward times and do the right thing long enough and all will work out.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Joe's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
“Too many Chiefs” on a project. When you start to work on/with more complex projects, each organization involved will send their best. There can be friction when there isn’t an order of operations. Move the team forward and give everyone a piece of what they want.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Sports and extracurricular activities. My Dad made me do “something “ outside of school. I excelled at sports and would over analyze and obsess about better ways to play, work, etc. I thought about it so much others would follow my lead.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Time management is everything. Part of my experience in my position is knowing how long tasks should take and giving realistic expectations of what the team can expect. My days run on priority items by time frames set up with the customer both long and short term. If we go over the allotted time, either rebalance priorities or push lower priority items.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
No matter who you’re talking to, be confident and concise in your message. Make conscious efforts to be better at your job, professional development and personal relationships.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Indra Nooyi (ex CEO of Pepsi) My Life In Full. She was a speaker at the Texas Conference for Women. She delivered a great speech and I try to effectively communicate like she does.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
My Dad said, in life there’s always going to be hard times. Right when you think it can’t get worse, it will. If you’re ready for the worst case scenario, you’re in the best position for life. Whether it’s training, professional development, watching tape, practicing, be so good and invested that you can’t be denied.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
Growing up as an introvert, I always had to push myself to “operate in the awkward” moments of life. Sports put a spotlight on me and I made a conscious effort to put myself out there for jobs, new positions, opportunities, bc I would think, will this kill me? No, if you can see yourself doing these great things, you owe it to yourself and your family to at least try to manifest.